2009-08-06 / Local & State

Shade Gap Area Fire Co. Breaks Ground On Expansion Project

Pictured above, left: Paul Johnston, F&M Trust Fulton/ Huntingdon County market manager; Don Trego, F&M Trust small business relationship manager; Shawna Dunmire, F&M Trust's Orbisonia Community office manager and receiving the check is Ed Goshorn, Shade Gap Fire Co. president. Pictured above, left: Paul Johnston, F&M Trust Fulton/ Huntingdon County market manager; Don Trego, F&M Trust small business relationship manager; Shawna Dunmire, F&M Trust's Orbisonia Community office manager and receiving the check is Ed Goshorn, Shade Gap Fire Co. president. The Shade Gap Area Fire Co. broke ground July 21, 2009, on an expansion project that will nearly double the current facility.

At the groundbreaking were representatives of Shade Gap Area Fire Co., including president Ed Goshorn, Fire Chief Rick McMullen; Dublin Township officials; Don Trego of F&M Trust (who provided the project financing); and Sherwin Rice of Rice Contracting (contractor for the project).

The fire company's expansion project, the first major project in more than 30 years, includes a 60-foot-by-60-footby 16-foot addition to the existing firehall. The total project cost will be approximately $288,000 for the building, which is situated at 11880 Neelyton Road (south side of Route 641) in Shade Gap. The Shade Gap Area Fire Co. is a 100 percent volunteer organization that serves Shade Gap Borough, Dublin Township, and Tell Township in southern Huntingdon County.

The company provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services, covering a first due area consisting of approximately 90 square miles. In addition, the company provides mutual aid to other areas of Huntingdon County as well as portions of Franklin, Fulton, and Juniata counties

Construction is scheduled to begin in early August 2009 after completion of state and local permits, with completion expected in six months. General contractor will be Rice Contracting, owned by Sherwin Rice of Shade Gap. F&M Trust is providing $200,000 in construction financing until the building is completed and permanent financing is funded through donations and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and State Fire Commissioner's Office.

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